The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Teachers Think)

We hear a lot about what things are popular in terms of technology, the cool new devices that are coming out, and trends that are happening with classroom technology integration. But just because something is a trend (or even a requirement) doesn’t that it is popular or liked. It doesn’t mean you won’t hear people grumbling about it.

Often times, trends become trends because a lot of people like them, but in the case of education, trends can happen easily in the following scenario: administrators like the idea and think it is great, and teachers have to implement said idea regardless of if it is a great fit with their classroom and students. So what common education technology trends are really supported and loved by teachers, and which ones make them want to bang their heads on their chalkboards/desks/smartboards/laptops? The handy infographic below brings together data from European and North American teachers to get their points of view on the subject. Keep reading to learn more.

The 10 Biggest Educational Trends (And What Teachers Think)

  • Web Tools For Education – 99% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, only 1% not interested or might be interested
  • Online Educational Resources – 99% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, only 1% not interested or might be interested
  • Digital Literacy – 95% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 4% might be interested, 1% not interested
  • Personal Learning Networks – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 3% might be interested, 1% not interested
  • Blended Learning – 96.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2.1% might be interested, 1% not interested
  • Social Media In Education – 96% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 2% not interested
  • EModeration – 91.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 1% might be interested, 6.9% not interested
  • Mobile Learning – 91% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 2% might be interested, 7% not interested
  • Digital Games In Education – 85.9% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 9.9% might be interested, 4% not interested
  • Interactive Whiteboards – 81.3% are very interested, interested, or somewhat interested, 12.9% might be interested, 15.8% not interested

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7 Comments

  1. Ralph Roland Solomon

    September 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hi. Thanks for the invaluable information on your feeds. As an educator in South Africa with limited resources it really is an eye-opener to what we should aspire to despite our challenges. Regards. Ralph

  2. Erica Harbison

    September 15, 2013 at 1:14 am

    I find it fascinating to see how my fellow teachers think about the education trends going around today. I know that in my own experience with technology, I have jumped on a few bandwagons only to discover that the technology tool wasn’t all it was cracked up to be or I simply didn’t use it enough, even if it was cool. I also see how quickly technology is changing, and for those of us trying to keep up it can be daunting to work hard to learn and apply a new technology only to find out shortly after that there is a newer technology you now have to learn and apply. But with all the changes, frustrations, and challenges – we still live in exciting times!

  3. Jackie

    October 27, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Is surveying 100 teachers statistically significant? I don’t think so, which makes it useless.

  4. SAY KENG LEE

    November 12, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    This analysis is incomplete. The survey should have taken into consideration to what extent the interested teachers are actually using the tools and/or applications. That should be the more decisive factor.

    Leonardo da vinci’s elegant quote comes in handy:

    “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do!”.

  5. Giancarlo Brotto

    November 13, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    How were the 100 teachers selected? I would like to better understand the process used to select them.

  6. Giancarlo

    November 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I would like to use this infographic, but I first would like more information about how the 100 teachers were selected…could you point me to a resource you may have that talks about this? Thanks.

  7. rleduc

    November 20, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    More details about how this survey was completed are needed to make this information credible. Who were these teachers? Were only tech-savvy teachers polled? How were these teachers selected and who selected them? I am getting more and more annoyed with being pedalled sales gimicky, “pop” info-graphics disguised as credible research.